Beginner’s Guide to Kali Linux: What It Is, How to Install, and How to Use

Gabbie Odonkor

What exactly is Kali Linux?

Kali Linux is a Linux security distribution based on Debian that was created specifically for computer forensics and advanced penetration testing. Mati Aharoni and Devon Kearns of Offensive Security rewrote BackTrack to create it. Kali Linux includes hundreds of tools that are well-suited to a variety of information security tasks such as penetration testing, security research, computer forensics, and reverse engineering.

Their prior operating system for information security was BackTrack. In March 2013, Kali Linux’s initial version, 1.0.0, was released. Kalin Linux is now funded and supported by Offensive Security. Our Most Advanced Penetration Testing Distribution, Ever,” reads a giant banner on Kali’s website,, if you were to visit it right now. Ironically, it has yet to be proven false despite being a rather bold claim.

There are over 600 preconfigured penetration-testing programs available in Kali Linux. Every program has a different level of flexibility and application. These helpful utilities are expertly divided into the following categories by Kali Linux:

  1. Information Gathering
  2. Vulnerability Analysis
  3. Wireless Attacks
  4. Web Applications
  5. Exploitation Tools
  6. Stress Testing
  7. Forensics Tools
  8. Sniffing & Spoofing
  9. Maintaining Access
  10. Reverse Engineering
  11. Reporting Tools
  12. Hardware Hacking

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Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor , known professionally as Gabbie Odonkor, is a Ghanaian blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.